Here's actor Vijilesh's favourite mussels recipe


Actor Vijilesh stunned the audience with his amazing performance in the Fahadh Faasil starrer 'Varathan.' A foodie who loves seafood, Vijilesh, confesses that the Kerala mussel is his favourite.

"I keep thinking about fresh mussels cooked in coconut oil and pepper, on the way to home from the shooting sets. So the first thing I would do is to stop at Koyilandi and buy some fresh mussels from the Parapally coast. The flavour of the kallumakkaya caught here is unique. My mother has a special recipe to cook the mussels, which is delicious," says Vijilesh. The actor shares the recipe of his favourite kallumakkaya dish.


500 gms Kerala mussels
2 tomatoes (diced)
2 onions (chopped)
4 green chillies
2 tbsp chilli powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp pepper powder
10 cloves garlic
2 tbsp ginger (chopped)
Salt as required
50 ml coconut oil
Mustard seeds
Curry leaves


Marinate the cleaned mussels with chilli powder, turmeric powder, and salt 
Heat coconut oil in a pan
Splutter some mustard seeds
Add the onions and curry leaves
When the onions begin to change colour, add garlic and ginger
Sauté well
Add the marinated mussels and mix well
Add the tomatoes 
Pour some water and cook for half an hour
When the mussels are cooked, add the pepper powder
Mix well
Sprinkle some fresh coconut oil over the dish if required.